BOSTON- On January 23, 2008 Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) recognized Representative Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain) at the 2nd Annual Youth Mentoring Day at the State House for his support and partnership with Sociedad Latina and Hyde Square Task Force that operate youth mentoring programs in Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain, respectively. Representative Sánchez received the recognition along with Senator Panagiotakos (D-Lowell) and Representative Kennedy (D-Brockton). Sánchez also mentors a youth at the Tobin Elementary School.
The event is held to thank legislators who support youth mentoring in their communities as well as galvanize support for the Youth Mentoring Line Item, which currently provides $487,000 for youth mentoring. The Mentoring Day also offers the opportunity for mentoring program staff and youth to meet with legislators and raise awareness about the positive benefits mentoring has on the reduction of violence, drug and alcohol and truancy among youth. Recently, Sociedad Latina and Hyde Square Task Force were also both awarded violence prevention grants from the Department of Public Health to support their youth mentoring programs, with backing from Representative Sánchez.
“It was a privilege to honor Sen. Panagiotakos, Rep. Kennedy, and Rep. Sánchez for their support of mentoring and youth violence prevention”, says David Shapiro, President and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership. “We know that budget decisions are always difficult ones amongst competing interests, and we are especially appreciative of (their) leadership.”
Following the speaking program was a volunteer fair to promote the SERV program, which allows state employees to use 8 hours a month to volunteer in schools or as a mentor.
Mass Mentoring Partnership is the only organization in the state solely dedicated to the expansion of high-quality youth mentoring in Massachusetts. MMP serves a network of over 135 youth mentoring programs, providing training and technical assistance. MMP also advocates for youth mentoring on the state level and runs high-level public awareness campaigns like The Red Sox Mentoring Challenge. On January 31, 2008,
Mass Mentoring Partnership will be hosting the Ted Kelley Awards to recognize Liberty Mutual President and former MMP Board President and Chairman, Ted Kelly. MMP’s first scholarship program, The Ted Kelly Award, will be awarded to youth from local mentoring programs.
The Massachusetts Service Alliance, established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism. Its mission is to catalyze the innovation and growth of service and volunteerism by creating partnerships that maximize resources, expertise, capacity, and impact.
For more information on mentoring opportunities, The Ted Kelley Award, or the SERV program, contact Chris McCue, Director of Marketing and Mentor Recruitment, Mass Mentoring Partnership, email@example.com.